Length: 13.100 cm
Room 41: Europe AD 300-1100
Silver bow brooch
Possibly Slav or nomadic, late 6th-early 7th
From a hoard found at Martinivka (formerly Martynovka), near Kiev, Ukraine
Female costume jewellery
The brooch was part of a hoard comprising 116 silver objects, including other female jewellery, male belt-fittings, parts of a sword, saddle-mounts and Byzantine vessels. The hoard weighed about 3.3 kg. The items are now shared between The British Museum and the National Historical Museum of the Ukraine. The hoard is thought to represent part of the treasury of an unknown local ruler, perhaps of the Slav-Antes people, and to have been buried at the time of nomadic incursions into the forest-steppe region, in the mid-late seventh century.
L.V. Pekarskaja and D. Kidd, Der Silberschatz von Martynovk (Innsbruck, 1994)